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580 Rollergirls looking for new recruits

Jan. 12—If you're a girl over the age of 18 who likes fast-paced, full-contact sports and you have what it takes to stay on quad roller-skates then you and the 580 Rollergirls have something in common.

The 580 Rollergirls will host a recruitment session at 11 a.m. on Jan. 14 at Laugh Out Loud, 6720 Quanah Parker Trailway, in Lawton.

Ashley Lunsford, a 580 Rollergirl from Duncan, said those interested must be 18 and older to participate. No skating experience is required, just someone who is looking for a community of like-minded individuals.

The non-profit group, Lunsford said, is a women's flat track roller derby organization that puts a special emphasis on female empowerment and lifting each other up.

"We're all just a group of women, it's kind of like a second family," Lunsford said. "We all lift each other up in spirit. We're all there for each other no matter what the situation is. We work together as a team. We do team bonding.

"There is full contact involved," Lunsford said. "So, for the first 30 days, we don't charge you until you decide you want to play in roller derby because there's a lot of money to invest into it."

If you make it past the 30 days and decide you wish to continue, monthly dues are $25.

The group, outside of practices and matches, spends time volunteering in Lawton and will often go to dinner together to strategize for the games and the upcoming season.

For those who are just starting, they have a little bit of spare equipment until new athletes can invest.

"We have some skates we can loan out but not a lot of extra equipment, although we do have some extra gear on hand they can use until they can get what they need," Lunsford said.

More than anything, Lunsford said the group is inclusive.

"We're part of a women's community," Lunsford said. "It's all women, anyone can join as long as they're 18 and older, even if they just want to ref. We get together, we skate, we work together as a team and we play together as a team."

The group, though Lawton based, has Lunsford, from Duncan, and also some who drive from Wichita Falls.

The goal now, she said, is to get their name out there more so more people will get involved, whether that's on the team, or by coming and spectating the matches. The other goal is to rebuild and find some B and C teams to go up against.

Those attending the recruitment event Sunday should bring water.

For more information about the 580 Rollergirls, visit www.580rollergirls.com or contact them by visiting the 580 Rollergirls Facebook page and messaging them. You can also email to lawton580rg@gmail.com.